Southeast Libya clashes resume despite army intervention

Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:41pm GMT

It was not possible to independently verify their comments.

On Thursday, some of the wounded were flown to hospitals in the capital Tripoli on board Libyan Red Crescent aircraft. Others have been flown to the eastern cities of Benghazi and Ajdabiyah, officials from the Zwai side said.

Members of the Tibu ethnic group are mainly found in Chad but also inhabit parts of southern Libya. The Zwai tribe accused the Tibu of attacking Al Kufra, backed by mercenaries from Chad. The Tibu said it was they who came under attack.

The region has a history of violence involving tribes. A tribal rebellion in 2009 was suppressed only after Gaddafi sent in helicopter gunships.

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